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Knit Step by Step Paperback – July 16, 2012
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But it doesn't do any of those things well.
For a beginner's book, it contains too much information that beginners never need. It teaches you knit, and purl, and cast-ons, and then proceeds to teach you tons and tons of different cast-ons before it goes into cast-offs. It doesn't teach you a general progression of skills. For a beginner, it's downright overwhelming.
Yet for a reference book, all the techniques are quickly rushed over and never explained very well. In fact, I know how to do quite a few of the cast-ons and various other techniques, but I could not make sense of it in this book. The diagrams are utterly confusing.
As for patterns, the samples are knit in rather unattractive, ugly colors. The choice of construction is strange. The hat was done flat and then seamed, which is weird and unnecessary (it's not intarsia or anything), especially as the book teaches (or quickly rushes over) knitting in the round.
I bought this book when I was just learning to knit, and I wish I had not. For each of those things, there are tons of other books out there that specialize in those categories and do them exceedingly well. Don't waste your money.
I have a lot of knitting books, and I would recommend Stitch 'n Bitch Knitter's Handbook for a real beginner, and after that, either Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting, or Kate Atherley's Beyond Knit and Purl. All of those books take you through a natural progression of techniques.
Would recommend the book to anyone - beginner or advanced.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this line of books. The instructions are easy to follow and the pics are great.Published 21 days ago by BakeGirl
So much to learn from this book, I will never grasp it all.Published 12 months ago by Peggy Lynn Boling
Great illustrations and very helpful for both beginner and more advanced knitter.Published 12 months ago by Natalie Ireland